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. blumenauer: thank you, mr. speaker. congress is here on new year's eve with the people they love. themselves, the special interests and the policies of the past. the overhyped fiscal cliff may well be upon us and we will find $600 billion of deficit reduction with tax increases and spending cuts, and then there will be the howls that we're doing it too abruptly from the same people that demand the same system of expiring cuts and sequestration in the first place. make no mistake, there will be some real damage. we'll be squeezing some people who deserve far better. then we'll be scrambling to find the -- refine budget reductions in a way that makes sense. in the hours, days, weeks ahead, we'll get a semi balanced small agreement. very likely, struggling throughout the new congress with budget bluster, especially in the house, moving from crisis to deadline to showdown. it's ironic because it doesn't need to be this hard. we could use the pressure and revenue from expiring temporary tax cuts to enact tax reform to provide the money that a growing and aging population needs but do it in a simp
to be rushed through both chambers of congress. house speaker boehner and his rank and file are sitting on the sidelines waiting to see if it will be a deal or no deal from the senate. >> this whole thing is a national embarrassment. i think it's an embarrassment to the president. it's an embarrassment to both sides of the aisle and both the house and the senate. >> how do you get out of it? >> first of all, whatever happens today is really inconsequential. >> ultimately, you're going to have to have people come together in a bipartisan way to get this done. you're not going to be able to get an agreement passed with just republicans. >> republicans simply can't utter the word "yes." they cannot utter the word "yes" without them uttering the word "yes" we can't get a deal. look, this is -- i feel like you're talking to a 5-year-old and, you know, saying, look. you have to eat your vegetables. >> we went over the cliff a long time ago. we just didn't know it. look at the leadership that we have leading us. i mean, it's like lemmings. come on. >> all right. that's what's being said right
. yarmuth: madam speaker, the american people are looking at congress with disdain and rightfully so. we failed to reach a reasonable compromise to move the economy forward and ward of painful tax hikes on the middle class. the americans have sent us a clear message what they want. a fair tax system and economy works for everyone and strong social safety net. these are classic american values and throughout our history members of both parties have made compromises in order to protect them. those compromises reflect not just the will of the people but the way normal people do business. every day of their lives american workers solve problems and collaborate with their co-workers to meet objectives. they don't get to wait until after the deadline passes to get the job done. if they do, they lose their jobs. the american people can't just go home if he they don't get their way. yet that's exactly what house republican leadership did earlier this month. i hope it's not what they plan to do again this week. madam speaker, if my colleagues don't wake up and respond to what the american people
to force action. otherwise congress would never get it done. that is speaker boehner's leverage with the debt ceiling. so i think we could do a lot better with the type of people that we're electing to congress, moving away from the extremes and bringing more centrists who can work together. i could give you a long speech about that when you combine those two things, you don't get a great work product. adam: congressman jason altmire, you mentioned harmonic convergence that happens in south florida. you're going to blue cross-blue shield up in tallahassee. you won't get that there. all the best to you, sir. congratulations on your service in congress. wish awe happy new year. >> happy new year, thank you. adam: so we'll get the republican take from senator john barrasso just a lit later in the program. he is kook discussing right now with other members of the republican caucus in the senate. they're talking about all of this. obviously the final physical cliff deal affects everybody, every aspect of our money, the markets, the economy. some say no matter what the damage has been
to be hammered out. he thinks republican leaders need to bend. >> congress has not been able to get this stuff done not because democrats in congress don't want to go ahead and cooperate but because i think it's been very hard for speaker boehner and republican leader mcconnell to accept the fact that taxes on the wealthiest americans should go up a little bit and as part of an overall deficit reduction package. >> i'm joined by congresswoman barbara lee a democrat from california. good to see you. good morning. >> good to see you. glad to be with you. >> let me give you the republican perspective. it is that some indications they are willing to give on taxes whether 400 or 450,000, that yesterday they floated this idea of changing social security. they've backed off on that. they apparently are willing to give on some of these estate taxes. the democrats are willing to give on some of the estate taxes. but what the republicans want is they say that this deal that's being offered looks like it actually puts us further in the hole. it's actually costing us more than it's saving us. tell us what
an executive order affecting a lot people, a lot of workers in the executive branch and in congress, as well, and also affects the vice president, and the speaker boehner and all these guys are getting a pay raise while this is happening. i cannot imagine the public is going to view this positively when they see congress unable to make the most basic decision about how they receive for the next year and the president gives them a pay raise. >> it is not percent began dick pay raise, the vice president pay will increase from $225,000 to $231,000 a year but, again, the timing is curious. what do you think was going on? >>guest: many are not getting any raise across america, and many americans are looking for work. this is also something different, i called up someone on capitol hill and said, the president gave you a pay raise, doesn't congress handle that itself? there is a separation of powers thing, they are big on handling their own pay but the president unfroze the cost-of-living adjustment for a lot of people including congress, when congress gets around to a spending bill, they will fre
it is speaker boehner and republicans in congress who get the blame but as one of those republicans said this morning on fox news channel. he was elected to reduce spending in washington and there are hundreds of republicans who feel the same way. why should they be forced to go with the spending package that the president wants just because he is the president. >> well, because the president was reelected. jon: they all were. that is my point. >> i understand that. but i think that the president's larger message around increasing taxes on wealthy americans, to help us deal with some of our debt challenges is really the central theme that went through this entire election cycle. and so, the republicans house, in particular, has been focused trying to protect, trying to prevent taxes from increasing and trying to protect essentially 2% of the americans. 2% of the americans and having their taxes go up. when really it is, as senator harkin said, it is really about those people, those teachers, those firefighters, those people actually supporting the american economy in very real ways. unti
the courage to close the deal. >> so far at least congress has not been able to get this stuff done, not because democrats in congress don't want to go ahead and cooperate, i think it has been very hard for speaker boehner and republican leader mcconnell to accept the fact that taxes on the wealthiest americans should go up a little bit as part of an overall deficit reduction package. gregg: wendell goler is live at the white house. wendell, what are you hearing there? >> reporter: will as we heard, gregg, from my buddy mike emanuel, we want to hear from vice president biden or senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. they essentially took the lead in these talks whether the president and speaker john boehner couldn't cut a deal. mccan nell says he wants to reach agreement. and california senator dianne feinstein says failure is not an option. >> the danger to our people, to our military, to our nation's security. to our economic base is just too great not to have a solution. so, you know, what makes this government work is compromise. when you don't compromise there is stasis. we ha
for not meeting them halfway. >>> not because democrats and congre congre congress don't want to go ahead and cooperate but i think it has been hard for speaker boehner and republican mcconnell to accept the fact taxes on wealthiest should go up a little bit sweas well as a deficit reduction package. if they can't say yes to good offers i have an obligation to make sure the entire burden of deficit reduction doesn't fall on seniors who are relying on medicare. >> republicans are expressing frustration saying the president is trying to put the blame on them for going off the cliff but when senator mcconnell was brought a few days ago mcconnell's office says he got a call from senator reed or democrats to talk about the fiscal cliff in about a month. they feel like they have not gone the extra pile here. >> the vice president getting a call today. what do they make of all of that? >> that could be a big deal. it shows the white house push back they are going to say look he has been pulling out all of the stops with the vice president in delaware came to the white house today working the pho
fault. take a listen to what he had to say. >> not because democrats and congress don't want to go ahead and cooperate, but because i think it's been very hard for speaker boehner and republican leader mcconnell to accept the fact that taxes on the wealthiest americans should go up a little bit and as part of an overall deficit reduction package. if folks can't say yes to good offers, then i also have an obligation to the american people to make sure that the entire burden of deficit reduction doesn't fall on seniors who are relying on medicare. >> now, one of the questions in the days ahead will be whether or not this strategy back fired because republican leaders on the hill had their feathers ruffled by the fact that the president seemed to be blaming them. and speaker john boehner saying he should spend more time negotiating, why are you on tv while mitch mcconnell is working with harry reid to troy to get a deal. the president's point was if they do not make any progress on bipartisan talks in the senate since the clock is running out he wants a straight up and down vote on the sena
the press" and called out republican leaders by name. >> congress has not been able to get this stuff done, not because democrats in congress don't want to go ahead and cooperate, but because i think it's been very hard for speaker boehner and republican leader mcconnell to accept the fact that taxes on the wealthiest americans should go up a little bit as part of an overall deficit reduction package. >> nbc's capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell is live on capitol hill. kelly o., i'm looking at the clock, we are now 14 hours and 58 minutes from going over the fiscal cliff. let's outline -- >> reporter: but who's counting, right, chris? >> yeah, who's counting? let's go over for people, what remains unresolved? it seems like two weeks ago they were pretty well set on the basic parameters of this thing, so let's talk about what's left to deal on? >> reporter: well, there are some significant differences, but there has been progress. i've been talking to sources who say that the vice president and mitch mcconnell stayed on the phone exchanging calls until around midnight last night and
in the long term. but, you know, so far, at least, congress has not been able to get this stuff done. not because democrats in congress don't want to go ahead and cooperate, but because i think it's been very hard for speaker boehner and republican leader mcconnell to accept the fact that taxes on the wealthiest americans should go up a little bit as part of an overall deficit reduction package. >> you talk about a dysfunction in washington. you signed this legislation setting up the fiscal cliff 17 months ago. how accountable are you for the fact that washington can't get anything done and that we are at this deadline again? >> i have to tell you, david, if you look at my track record over the last two years, i cut spending by over $1 trillion in 2011. i campaigned on the promise of being willing to reduce the deficit in a serious way in a balanced approach of spending cuts and tax increases on the wealthy while keeping middle-class taxes low. i put forward a very specific proposal to do that. i negotiated with speaker boehner in good faith and moved more than halfway in order to ac
in congress don't want to go ahead and cooperate. but because i think it's been very hard for speaker boehner and republican leader mcconnell to accept the fact that taxes on the wealthiest americans should go up a little bit. as part of an overall deficit reduction package. >> you talk about a dysfunction in washington. you signed this legislation setting up the fiscal cliff 17 months ago. how accountable are you for the fact that washington can't get anything done and we're at this deadline again? >> well, i have to tell you, david, if you look at my track record over the last two years, i cut spending by over $1 trillion in 2011. i campaigned on the promise of being willing to reduce the deficit in a serious way, in a balanced approach of spending cuts and tax increases on the wealthy, while keeping middle-class taxes low. i put forward a very specific proposal to do that. i negotiated with speaker boehner in good faith and moved more than halfway in order to achieve a grand bargain. i offered over $1 trillion in additional spending cuts. so that we would have $2 of spending cuts for every
in that interview that republicans were to blame for the current fiscal cliff standoff. take a listen. >> congress has not been able to get this stuff done, not because democrats in congress don't want to go ahead and cooperate, but because i think it's been very hard for speaker boehner and republican leader mcconnell to accept the fact that taxes on the wealthiest americans should go up a little bit as part of an overall deficit reduction package. >> how accountable are you for the fact that washington can't get anything done and that we are at this deadline again? >> i have to tell you, david, if you look at my track record over the last two years, i cut spending by over $1 trillion in 2011. i negotiated with speaker boehner in good faith and moved more than halfway in order to achieve a grand bargain. i offered over $1 trillion in additional spending cuts. at a certain point if folks can't say yes to good offers, then i also have an obligation to the american people. >> michael steele, some republicans were quick to criticize the president's tone. speaker boehner responded by saying this. amer
because it works. ♪ you can go your own way, go your own way >>> congress has not been able to get this stuff done, not because democrats in congress don't want to go ahead and cooperate, but because i think it's been very hard for speaker boehner and republican leader mcconnell to accept the fact that taxes on the wealthiest americans should go up a little bit as part of an overall deficit reduction package. the offers that i've made to them have been so fair that a lot of democrats are getting mad at me. i mean, i offered to make some significant changes to our entitlement programs in order to reduce the deficit. they say that their biggest priority is making sure that we deal with the deficit in a serious way, but the way they're behaving is that their only priority is making sure that tax breaks for the wealthiest americans are protected. >> fiscal cliff negotiations are now down to the wire with a midnight deadline just hours away. that's tonight, new year's eve. at stake, the prospect of sweeping tax hikes and across-the-board spending cuts if a deal is not reached. an
designate of the full committee in the next congress. who is not here. so i will reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida reserves. mr. berman is recognized. mr. berman: i continue to reserve our time. ms. ros-lehtinen: and i'm pleased to yield this time to mr. royce to speak on the north creey belligerent action and i thank him for his leadership on this and many of the issues that are facing our foreign affairs committee. so mr. royce, the time is yours. mr. royce: thank you for yielding. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for as much time as -- as he wishes. mr. royce: thank you. i rise in support of this resolution of which i am an original co-sponsor. i think members are very rightly concerned right now as the same technology that's used to put a satellite into space is also used in order to launch a ballistic missile. this experiment by north korea is definitely an advance for them, it's definitely a threat to the region, it's definitely a threat to the united states because what we're talking about here are three stage icbm's. it is estimated
national elections. let's go back to where they have been successful, 2006, 2008 the republican congress took a beating. rom emmanuel hatched a plan to go after republicans with conservative democrats, and they took over the majority. nancy pelosi was put in as speaker. they passed obama care and all of this other stuff on the nation. but then in 2010 those moderate democrats or conservative democrats were defeated by conservative republicans who ran as pro life, pro marriage and smaller government and less taxes and that we have now the most conservative house of representatives in modern history. those issues win when they come from the heart as you have shown and then you can talk about them. the problem is we've got some republicans that only want to talk about these things at election time only to check the boxes and not because it eminates from the heart. >> it is going to be an interesting time to watch and see if the message continues to permeate in the leadership of the party. you are right. if it does, and the pro life and pro family voters who are by the way always fiscal cons
the same. house speaker john boehner who has said that he does support some kind of sandy aid has not decided to bring it up for a vote in congress which ends on thursday. if they don't vote on it by then, then the bill will expire and the next congress will have to start on it all over again. >>> in washington, molly henneburg, fox news. >> a reward in finding a victim in marin. >> and the people in this funeral home, this his why this damage was not caused by flames. we have the story. >>> and you have travel plans, what travel agency are doing to handle holiday traveling. >> and the new ipad apis ready to download -- app is ready to download. we'll have your breaking news any time, anywhere ready to download. we'll have your breaking news any time, anywhere . >>> police are looking for a car that crashed into a fup -- funeral home today as services were about to begin. good timing saved his life says a man. >> that's right. the funeral director at the funeral chapel says he's lucky to be alive. he was inside that lobby when the crash happened. you can see the damage that was ca
of time. house gop speaker john boehner, who has signaled he does support some kind of sandy aid, has not decided whether or not to bring it up for a vote in this session of congress, which ends thursday. if they don't vote on it by then, then the bill will expire and the next congress will have to start on it all over again. >>> just ahead, somber weekend in fairfax county, as family and friends mourn the death of a college football player killed friday night. and a horrible accident on the west coast kills at least nine people. we'll have the latest details. >> and tonight is all about the redskins. scott smith join us live with an update on tonight's game. we'll be right back.  >>> d.c. police look for the gunman who shot a man to death this morning. it happened after midnight. victim has been identified as 23-year-old angelo paine. he was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. >>> family and friend held a vigil tonight for a college student found dead. they remembered zavier stringfellow, a battlefield grad stabbed to death friday evening in vienna. he was involved in an alterc
, at least, congress has not been able to get this stuff done, not because democrats in congress don't want to go ahead and cooperate, but because i think it's been very hard for speaker boehner and republican leader mcconnell to accept the fact that taxes on the wealthiest americans should go up a little bit as part of an overall deficit reduction package. >> you talk about a dysfunction in washington. you sign this legislation setting up a fiscal cliff 17 months ago. how accountable are you for the fact that washington can't get anything done and that we are at this deadline again? >> well, i have to tell you, david, if you look at my track record over the last two years, i cut spending by over $1 trillion in 2011. i campaigned on the promise of being willing to reduce the deficit in a serious way, in a balanced approach of spending cuts and tax increases on the wealthy while keeping middle class taxes low. i put forward a very specific proposal to do that. i negotiated with speaker boehner in good faith and moved more than halfway in order to achieve a grand bargain. i offered over $1 tr
a lot of presidents, going back to president reagan from the standpoint of a member of congress. and i've watched these other crises as we go through them, whether it be the potential shutdown of the government when newt gingrich was speaker of the house, we've seen these other crises as the debt limit expired and a number of others. and it's sometimes unfortunately a way -- the way we do business here. but i must say at a time of crisis, on new year's eve when at midnight at least certain actions take place or have to be planned to take place, we have the president of the united states go over and have a cheerleading, ridiculing of republicans' exercise in speaking to the people of the united states of america. as i watched other presidents address crises, the way that they were able to address them and resolve them with presidential leadership -- and that's why we elect presidents, to lead -- they did it by calling the leaders of both parties to the white house and sit around the table and do the negotiations and the discussions and they are sometimes concessions have to be made, com
gone down. 460 in the 110th, 383 in the 111th. in this current 112th congress, just 219 bills. the lowest since they've been keeping records. it is possible we could see no action in the house until john boehner has the speaker's gavel back in hand on thursday. joining me now is ryan grim, eugene robinson. eugene, of those 219 bills, a whole pile of them were things like renaming post offices. jeff flight told me this morning this was a huge embarrassment. where could we go from here? >> i have no idea. it would be nice to go somewhere. but we're nowhere. you know, we talk about gridlock and divided government. and, in the past, there are people who divide a government that's good. when we have this sort of political gridlock, we get things done. that is no longer true. as a matter of fact, you have to be pessimistic. you see us lurching from cliff to cliff. if you see us getting passed this one, how can you be convinced we're actually passed it. there's going to be a debt ceiling coming up, there's going to be a fight over the sequester, at some point, when that is supposed t
limit. i think this is a check and balance that we need to have 234 congress. i don't think he's going to get his way on that. i think the speaker did -- >> do you think he will buckle and negotiate? >> he's going to have to because he needs that. and i think that does provide leverage in the congress. it is ugly and i don't want to go through it again,=/$fnñ"3g-u our thanks to congresswoman capito and congressman meeks. >> i think you have an opportunity while you're there to negotiate all this yourself. you could play the role of -- anyway, comments, questions about anything you see here on squawk, send us an e-mail. >> the fiscal cliff, what would a new tax plan mean for small companies and their employees? we're going to get that story when we return. as we head to a break, check out the futures. we have red arrows. they continue to be red arrows. nasdaq off about 12.5 points, the s&p 500 off a little over 6.5 points. we have more coming up on squawk after this break. [ male announcer ] you've climbed a few mountains during your time. and having an investment expert like northern
, congress has not been able to get this stuff done not because democrats and congress don't want to go ahead and cooperate, but because i think it's been very hard for speaker boehner and republican leader mcconnell to accept the fact that taxes on the wealthiest americans should go up. they say their biggest priority is making sure we deal with the debts in a serious way. but the way they're behaving is that their only priority is making sure that tax breaks for the wealthiest americans are protected. >> dave: you negotiated hundreds of contracts. is it a good tactic speaking about the tactic to demonize your opponent before trying to sit down at the able and hash out a deal? >> he's very condescending and when you listen to those words, if you're the other side, you put your arms up and say, i'm not going to do a thing. that's really what's happening with this country. we have no leadership at many levels and you look at the dislike that everybody has for each other and it's going to be very hard to make a deal. i would like to see frankly, no deal, go over the cliff, as they call it. i ca
adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted. the house stands >> fiscal cliff negotiations continue between congress and the white house. the house returns tomorrow at noon eastern. we will have coverage here on c- span. president obama spoke about the afternoon,ff this ev but in the agreement will not happen before tomorrow. his remarks are 10 minutes. >> happy new year to you. hello, everybody. thank you. please, everybody, have a seat. good afternoon, everybody. welcome to the white house. i realize that the last thing you want to hear on new year's eve is another speech from me. but i do need to talk about progress that is being made in congress today. for the last few days, leaders of both parties have been working on an agreement that will prevent the middle-class tax hikes hitting 90% of all americans starting tomorrow. preventing that tax hike has been my top priority. it is the last thing that folks like who are appear on this stage can afford right now, to pay an ex
that. our next speaker is u.s. congressmen. he is representing the 15th congressional district of california in the u.s. house of representatives. in congress, he is a member of the powerful house appropriations and budget committee. share of the democratic caucuses, new media working group, house democratic senior went, and the original author of the equity and excellence commission now housed in the u.s. department of education. his district includes silicon valley, the birthplace of technology. mike has dedicated his life to public service and is lauded for his work on education, civil- rights national service, immigration, transportation, the environment, and high-tech issues. >> he is also the greatest karaoke sing their -- singer and all of congress. -- in all of congress. [applause] >> he just told me i had five minutes. what do you think of this program? [applause] it is about time. i want to thank francis and fong. i think this is the very first i think this is the very first statewide heritage month held
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